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The aim of this study was to add to the research base by examining the impact of fieldwork with infants on the development of three preservice early childhood teachers. The results of this study suggest that the unique setting of the infant room may have pushed the preservice teachers to develop new skills, make powerful theory–practice connections, and rethink some of their initial beliefs about teaching and learning in ways that their previous experiences in more traditional classrooms did not.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2017
Reflective Practice as “Enrichment”: How New Early Childhood Teachers Enact Preservice Values in Their Classrooms
This study followed a cohort of new early childhood teachers from preparation into their first year of teaching, giving voice to their challenges and triumphs, and insight into the elements of their preparation program which they continued to value and build on in their classroom practice. The findings revealed that participants’ perceptions on those elements of the program which best guided their decisions in practice, such as reflective thinking about their daily work and child observation and inquiry. Overall, although the participants expressed feeling less prepared in terms of specific curricula which aligned with their particular teaching settings, they seemed to feel most prepared in those skills that can be applied broadly across a wide variety of classrooms and educational contexts, such as observation, reflection, and differentiation.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2016
This article explores the process through which a group of preservice early childhood/early childhood special education students examined their own beliefs about quality teaching and learning. Students' reflections and actions are illuminated through a careful individual and cross-case analysis of field-based journals. The students considered that there are multiple ways to teach and learn, and realized that their own understandings of quality teaching must be informed by the children they teach.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2009